Staying in focus
Rod Chester and Alex Kidman turn their focus to the latest in cameras
$ 1199, sony. com. au
THIS smaller sibling of Sony’s Alpha 7 full- frame camera has a 24.3- megapixel sensor, NFC and wi- fi connectivity. It can shoot 11 frames a second and has an autofocus that is said to be as fast as 0.06 seconds with 179 AF detection points. The simple design is appealing, with two thumb dials on top and customisable buttons. We like that it has a view finder, tiltable screen and can be updated with apps.
OM- D E- M10 WITH 14- 42MM EZ LENS
$ 999, olympus. com. au
OLYMPUS has extended its OM- D range of compact system cameras with the E- M10, which has classic styling and logical layout with the addition of a built- in fl ash. We like the 16- megapixel sensor, electronic viewfinder, built- in wi- fi , tilting 3- inch touchscreen and fast autofocus. And we loved the compactness of the pancake- like kit lens. It is a 14- 42mm pancake that has a 35mm equivalent range of 28- 84mm. It’s half the price of the top OM- D, but there’s no weatherproofing.
Fujifi lm $ 1645, fujifi lm. com. au
FUJIFILM’S latest interchangeable lens camera sells itself on its manual shooting ability, because its layout is tailored heavily towards the pro crowd. It features dedicated shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity dials on the top, along with six customisable feature buttons. It’s wi- fi ready for remote shooting and sharing from iOS/ Android apps. The electronic view finder is a revelation. With a 2.36 million- dot OLED with wide viewing angles, it makes framing shots a joy, especially in its split view.
POWERSHOT SX700 HS
$ 399.95, canon. com. au
ANOTHER option in the “must travel, need new camera” category, the PowerShot SX700 HS offers a 30x zoom that equals 25- 750mm in 35mm terms and is almost identical in dimensions to the Panasonic Lumix DMC- TZ60. The Canon is slightly behind on image size, although a 16.1- megapixel sensor is nothing to sneeze at. Also, it does not have built- in GPS, so if you want location information on your photo, you need to link it to your smartphone. A dial on the back gives you the standard PASM and scene options. We like the mobile device connect button to make linking the camera to your phone more intuitive. Another handy feature is Canon’s creative shot mode, letting you save fi ve versions of each shot.